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The role of partner-related fascination in the association between sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction


Burri, Andrea; Radwan, Sarah; Bodenmann, Guy (2015). The role of partner-related fascination in the association between sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction. Journal of sex and marital therapy, 41(6):672-679.

Abstract

Past studies have shown strong associations between sexual functioning and interpersonal factors. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the moderating role of partner-related fascination - an important dimension of relationship quality - in the association between sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction in a community sample of Swiss men and women. A total of 70 individuals participated in an anonymous online survey. Variables related to sexual functioning, fascination and relationship satisfaction were subject to correlation, regression and moderation analyses. Relationship satisfaction and fascination for the partner correlated significantly with sexual functioning in females only (r = .31 to .58). No significant correlations could be observed in men. In women, fascination had a moderating effect on the association between relationship satisfaction and sexual functioning (p <.05). In men, no moderating effect of fascination could be detected. The findings offer evidence for a more complex model of women's sexuality that rests on emotional, contextual and motivational factors. It can be argued that women need a certain level of fascination, closeness and intimacy to enjoy a healthy sexuality. Overall, the findings highlight the importance of addressing gender differences and contextual factors for successful treatment and counseling of sexual problems.

Abstract

Past studies have shown strong associations between sexual functioning and interpersonal factors. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the moderating role of partner-related fascination - an important dimension of relationship quality - in the association between sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction in a community sample of Swiss men and women. A total of 70 individuals participated in an anonymous online survey. Variables related to sexual functioning, fascination and relationship satisfaction were subject to correlation, regression and moderation analyses. Relationship satisfaction and fascination for the partner correlated significantly with sexual functioning in females only (r = .31 to .58). No significant correlations could be observed in men. In women, fascination had a moderating effect on the association between relationship satisfaction and sexual functioning (p <.05). In men, no moderating effect of fascination could be detected. The findings offer evidence for a more complex model of women's sexuality that rests on emotional, contextual and motivational factors. It can be argued that women need a certain level of fascination, closeness and intimacy to enjoy a healthy sexuality. Overall, the findings highlight the importance of addressing gender differences and contextual factors for successful treatment and counseling of sexual problems.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Psychotherapeutisches Zentrum des Psychologischen Instituts UZH
Date:2015
Deposited On:04 Nov 2014 13:50
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:28
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Inc.
ISSN:0092-623X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2014.966398
PubMed ID:25256950

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